The Mentalist: Seeing Red
by Debra McDuffee, posted Nov 19th 2008 12:30AM
(S01E07) After reading the premise for tonight's The Mentalist, I can't tell you how forward I was looking to seeing Jane at a seance. How could that not be fun? Yeah, well, it was just OK, since he rigged it and all. But we got more from this episode than just Jane's antics.
In fact, I think the Jane antics have died down a bit, and I miss them; he was definitely more outrageous at the beginning of the series. That said, Jane seemed to have met his match in the spiritual advisor this week, and that was fun to watch.
Jane starts off with a House-like anger toward Kristina, the spiritual advisor. He was totally rude! "Oh, this is going to be good," said Jane. After Kristina reads Jane for the first time (deep guilt and self-loathing, recent trauma in past, more than a little unstable), she was so spot-on that Lisbon's reaction in that sly smile was priceless. Jane even admits to Lisbon later in the show that it bugs him that she may be a better con artist than he is. Some other "face-offs:"
- Contrary to what Jane assumed, the mirror in Kristina's waiting area was not two-way glass.
- "Don't try to cold-read me." - Jane
"I wouldn't know how." - Kristina
"We both know that's a lie." - Jane
- Kristina says that from the grave, Rosemary told her that Jane was "a deeply misguided but damaged man," but good. Was that Kristina's way of telling him that she was besting him?
- When Jane walked into Kristina's, he says, "I smell dead people." Funny stuff.
- Jane believes Rosemary's vision about the car was simple deduction and a lucky guess.
- "You're in my personal space. Please step back." - Jeremy to Jane
- "Excuse me, but there's a definite note of uncalled for hostility in your voice." - Jeremy, to Rigsby's reaction when Jeremy said Travis was happier in the smaller room
Seeing Jane's reaction when Kristina told him she talked to his wife and that his daughter never suffered was so interesting. It was exactly what he wanted to hear, so yes, I do believe that Kristina was a better con artist than Jane. Like she could figure out where the car was dumped, after she researched Jane, she could assume what would be eating away at him. No one would want to know their child suffered a painful, scary death. Am I a cynic, or was Rosemary really a con artist? I like the way they left this open to the viewers' interpretation.
Other things worth mentioning:
- Um, yuck on the hit and run. Gory.
- Clever, Jane, getting Travis to show up at the carousel.
- Spiritual advising pays so much better than blogging ... I definitely don't get $500 per hour!
- So did you know it was Clara early on? She was a bit too shifty so I suspected her, but I didn't catch the slip that let Jane know she was guilty, the gutter thing.
- Cho is so damned dry; loved the exchange about visiting the zoo.